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To demonstrate how far from reality this notion is, last Thursday's public transport strike in Paris managed to demobilize no more than two percent of transport workers - according to the RATP - and affected only métro lines 9, 10 and 11 plus the RER 'B' line. Many passengers were unaware of the strike.

Apparently the strike was organized by a minority CGT/métro-RER section of the CGT union, on account of missing out on the previous week's 'total' strike, which was a success due to the massive de-mob by the 'Autonomes' and the CGT.

Sports News

Winners of the Week

While the following story gets the biggest headlines in Le Parisien's editions, the single-handed round-the world non-stop sailboat race called the 'Vendée Globe' was successfully won Saturday evening by Michel Desjoyeaux, when hephoto: alfa disco volante 1962 sailed into the Sables-d'Olonne after 93 days at sea - smashing the previous record time.

When Italy made spacy cars, they got spacy names like 'Disco Volante.'

A huge crowd was waiting for him and it went properly berserk with the joy of it all, with cloudbursts of fireworks, liberal splashes of Champagne, and a very big coverage by the media.

Then the whole berserk scene was repeated just over 25 hours later when 24 year-old Ellen MacArthur sailed into the same harbor - already a big media star in France due to her excellent French - to be greeted by hordes from the media in Britain, who had been a bit tardy to get in on the story.

For a time on the return leg, MacArthur managed to get ahead of Desjoyeaux, but mainly she followed close behind him, and well ahead of the other competitors.

'Losers of the Week'

Paris' football club, which is called Paris-Saint-Germain - or PSG - is seldom mentioned in this column because it has a very big budget for paying very large salaries tophoto: resto vieux paris managers, trainers and football players, but also has a tendency to lose games.

It might, if it had the opposite tendency, be ignored here too - simply for having too many resources. But, since it looses, it is simply embarrassing.

This is not to say the club has been without some 'ups,' but on Saturday night it managed to descend so deep into a pit that after losing to Auxerre 4-0, its fans stormed out to its headquarters at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and attacked it in rage and shame.

On the Ile de la Cité, the Vieux Paris bistro quietly awaits your visit.

The defeat happened in PSG's home stadium at the Parc des Princes, where PSG was also trashed by Guingamp on Wednesday night. This year's flop of a season for PSG is second only to its previous disaster in 1971-72, when it lost nearly half of all the games it played.

The fans want to know, '600 million francs for what?'

Winter Sports News

As of today, 'winter' is 53 days old and it is still going on in some parts of France. It may be a bit tired and even more slushy, but if you are interested in the state of snow at French winter sports stations, try hitting the Hiver, SkiFrance and Net4Ski Web sites.

The ex-ski champion Edgar Grospiron has an exceptional site, called Ridearth. Especially conceived for actual fans or practitioners of speedy downhills, it features all sorts of current white snow activities, including morsels of techno-ski music.

Web Life: This Week, '404'

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankyou' here.

The 'Official' Weather: 100% 'Winter'

Météo France is the official source for France's TV-weather people - if you don't get French TV where you are, you can get the weather from where they get it. Because it is 'official' - meaning: as true as possible - don't expect forecasts to exceed 24 hours even though TV here sometimes goes out on a limb with imaginative seven-day forecasts.

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